Seven Cities of Gold (7COG), Commemorative Edition, is a PC remake of the classic game designed by Dan and Bill Bunten for the Atari and Commodore 64 computers. You play an explorer commissioned by the King and Queen of Spain to voyage to a new world, claim land for the Crown, negotiate with (or conquer) the natives, and gain fame and fortune for yourself. Between voyages, you'll have to buy and outfit ships and hire men to crew them. As in the original 7COG, you can play at three different skill levels, and choose to explore either the historical map (consisting of the Americas at the time of Columbus' journeys) or a land form randomly generated by the game.
As befitting a "Commemorative Edition," the PC version of 7COG has been beefed up with hi-res graphics and digitized sound. 7COG is a rare example of a game being completely redeveloped for a specific platform instead of merely being ported over. (However, Seven Cities of Gold did in fact come out natively for the PC in the mid 1980s. --Ed.)
January 17, 2016 Subject:
It is an amazing plot idea, unfortunately it has a terrible gameplay.
The game is cruel, sometimes you take a long time preparing your crew and sailing and if you have bad luck and not enough soldiers you die in the random wild indian battles. By the way, the battle is ridiculous, if you face an indian you kill him, if he got your back you die, just like that.
After a few hours I could make some forts and have a decent army in the new lands, but being impossible to save makes the game unplayable.